UMKC http://kcur.org en 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/american-idol-bus-tour-come-kansas-city <p>Popular singing competition show American Idol is coming to Kansas City this summer. On July 21, the Idol tour bus will pull into the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker&nbsp;campus to hold open auditions for the show's 14th season.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release,&nbsp;UMKC's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mel Tyler says Kansas City will be a natural fit for the show.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:18:39 +0000 Cody Newill 57765 at http://kcur.org 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City Grant Aims To Cure Kidney Patients’ Failure To Stick To Medication Routine http://kcur.org/post/grant-aims-cure-kidney-patients-failure-stick-medication-routine <p></p><p></p><p>About 75 percent of kidney transplant recipients fail to properly take the medications they need to stay healthy, says Cynthia Russell, a professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.</p><p>After receiving a transplant, patients - many of whom previously needed kidney dialysis – typically feel healthy and often simply forget to take medications as needed twice a day.</p><p>“They are active. They are feeling good. They are just living normal lives,” Russell says.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:43:32 +0000 Alex Smith 56763 at http://kcur.org Grant Aims To Cure Kidney Patients’ Failure To Stick To Medication Routine An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/explosive-dancer-performs-nutcracker <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org/">Owen/Cox Dance Group</a> is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of <em>The Nutcracker and the Mouse King</em> to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.</p><p><strong>Growing into an explosive name</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 48568 at http://kcur.org An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director http://kcur.org/post/carla-wilson-named-new-umkc-athletic-director <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carla Wilson was named </span>UMKC's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division&nbsp;1 school that is not historically black. </span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:04:38 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47828 at http://kcur.org Coalition Formed To Fight Unabated Kansas City Hate Crimes http://kcur.org/post/coalition-formed-fight-unabated-kansas-city-hate-crimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kansas City law enforcement and community coalition has been formed to attack hate crimes after a recent study found a need for it.</span></p><p>The number of hate crimes in Kansas City has been relatively consistent year after year. But, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ttempts to eradicate it haven’t worked.</span></p><p></p><p>Kansas City’s top FBI agent, Michael Kaste, looked at a bureau study released this week for the nation and region.</p><p>The FBI Special Agent In-Charge said 104 hate crimes were reported last year in Missouri.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 02:00:39 +0000 Dan Verbeck 47453 at http://kcur.org Coalition Formed To Fight Unabated Kansas City Hate Crimes Using Music As Therapy http://kcur.org/post/using-music-therapy <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lzheimer’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:32:04 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46044 at http://kcur.org Using Music As Therapy An Interplanetary KC Concert http://kcur.org/post/interplanetary-kc-concert <p>When&nbsp;Gustav Holst composed his orchestral suite &ldquo;The Planets,&rdquo; he definitely had the solar system in mind. A local concert aims to add the picture&nbsp;Holst might have envisioned in a multimedia experience.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:09:22 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44315 at http://kcur.org An Interplanetary KC Concert Coming Out And Getting Cut Off: Scholarships For LGBT Students http://kcur.org/post/coming-out-and-getting-cut-scholarships-lgbt-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UMKC has recently received some </span><a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-umkc-paved-way-gay-student-groups-across-country?nopop=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">national attention for having a particularly gay-friendly environment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>One of the innovative things the school is doing is offering scholarships for&nbsp;LGBT students. When some college students come out, they face the danger of being cut off financially from their parents. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:01:33 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 43220 at http://kcur.org How UMKC Paved The Way For Gay Student Groups Across The Country http://kcur.org/post/how-umkc-paved-way-gay-student-groups-across-country <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Missouri – Kansas City has taken big steps in recent years to be more welcoming to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and sexually-questioning students and staff.</p><p>Like a lot of universities, the school now considers diversity and inclusion to be a mission, right alongside educating students. But there hasn't always been an attitude of acceptance at&nbsp;UMKC.</p><p>Students at the university fought hard for&nbsp;LGBT rights, and the resulting legal victory influenced campuses around the country.</p><p><strong>Welcome to UMKC, 2013</strong></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 14:34:55 +0000 Alex Smith 43144 at http://kcur.org How UMKC Paved The Way For Gay Student Groups Across The Country 90-Mile View: Saundra Hayes http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-saundra-hayes-1 <p></p><p>In her work as President of the <a href="http://manheimparkkc.org" target="_blank">Historic Manheim Park Association</a>, <strong>Saundra Hayes</strong> believes it all starts with building relationships.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:19:45 +0000 Danie Alexander 42686 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Saundra Hayes Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers http://kcur.org/post/legislators-question-jackson-county-sales-tax-backers <p></p><p>A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition. &nbsp;<br><br>Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.</p><p></p><p><br>If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:54:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42232 at http://kcur.org Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers Kansas City Creative Couples: Zhou & Chen http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-creative-couples-zhou-chen <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; ">Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.</em></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 41829 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Creative Couples: Zhou & Chen Bloch Business School Opens Expansion At UMKC http://kcur.org/post/bloch-business-school-opens-expansion-umkc <p>The University of Missouri-Kansas City is putting its first students into the newly expanded business school.&nbsp; The $32 million “Henry Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” opens August 19.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Finished construction marks the biggest single money-gift the school has ever gotten.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:34:32 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42098 at http://kcur.org Bloch Business School Opens Expansion At UMKC Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-foundation-announces-20-million-downtown-arts-campus <p></p><p>It’s been two years since officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City unveiled a plan for a <a href="http://info.umkc.edu/artscampus/">downtown arts campus</a>, which would relocate the <a href="http://conservatory.umkc.edu/">UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance</a>. On Wednesday, the <a href="http://secure-devsite.com/mmkf/">Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation</a> announced a pledge of $20 million to support the effort.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 39170 at http://kcur.org Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus Public Enemy 'Bomb Squad' Producer Studies Music At UMKC http://kcur.org/post/public-enemy-bomb-squad-producer-studies-music-umkc <p>The induction ceremony for the <a href="http://www.rockhall.com/">Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</a> took place Thursday, April 18, in Los Angeles. Some of this year’s inductees included Heart, Randy Newman, Rush and Public Enemy. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:18:34 +0000 Laura Spencer 35276 at http://kcur.org Public Enemy 'Bomb Squad' Producer Studies Music At UMKC UMKC Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship http://kcur.org/post/umkc-alumnus-wins-guggenheim-fellowship <p>Each year, the <a href="http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship/">John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation</a> awards mid-career fellowships to 200 applicants in fields ranging from choreography to plant sciences. Two of the 2013 fellows are Kansas City locals: Mike Sinclair, architectural and fine art photographer; and <a href="http://www.narongmusic.com/">Narong Prangcharoen</a>, UMKC alumnus and teaching assistant of composition and piano, and freelance composer. Prangcharoen's fellowship is in music composition.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:45:47 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 34997 at http://kcur.org UMKC Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships http://kcur.org/post/two-kc-artists-earn-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowships <p></p><p>Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious <a href="http://www.gf.org/news-events/Press-Release-2013-Fellows-United-States-and-Canada/" target="_blank">Guggenheim Fellowships</a>.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:32:38 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 34992 at http://kcur.org Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships Two Are Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student http://kcur.org/post/two-are-charged-murder-umkc-student <p>A bond of half a million dollars is holding each of two men charged today in the murder of a University of Missouri-Kansas City &nbsp;student at a near-campus house just south of &nbsp;Country Club Plaza.&nbsp;</p><p>Allegations point to a robbery gone awry.</p><p>20-year-old Alonzo Ruff and 21-year-old Anthony Williams were looking for a place to rob March 21st, according to court documents.&nbsp;</p><p>They allegedly picked the house near 49<sup>th</sup> and Brookside Boulevard because one of the men charged had once smoked marijuana there.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:07:50 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34191 at http://kcur.org The Philosophy of Doubt http://kcur.org/post/philosophy-doubt <p>Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:49:06 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 33469 at http://kcur.org The Philosophy of Doubt Matt Brown Fired As UMKC Men's Basketball Coach http://kcur.org/post/matt-brown-fired-umkc-mens-basketball-coach-0 <p>UMKC <a href="http://www.umkckangaroos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&amp;ATCLID=206732274&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18300">announced today</a> the firing of Matt Brown, the head coach of the UMKC men's basketball program. Brown led the program for the past six seasons. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:50:32 +0000 Greg Echlin 33378 at http://kcur.org Matt Brown Fired As UMKC Men's Basketball Coach The Wires Debut 'Alternative Strings' Album http://kcur.org/post/wires-debut-alternative-strings-album <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cellist </span>Sascha<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Groschang<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks have been good friends since they trained together as classical musicians at </span>UMKC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Conservatory of Music and Dance. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:00:55 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 33370 at http://kcur.org The Wires Debut 'Alternative Strings' Album African-American Read In http://kcur.org/post/african-american-read <p>As part of Black History Month activities, UMKC is hosting an <a href="http://info.umkc.edu/umatters/2013/02/12/umkc-african-american-read-in-feb-20-and-feb-28/">African-American Read In</a> Feb. 20 and 28. Employees of the UMKC library and the public will read aloud from some of their favorite African-American literature and writing.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:33:45 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 32186 at http://kcur.org African-American Read In Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco http://kcur.org/post/inaugural-poet-richard-blanco <p>During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, <a href="http://www.richard-blanco.com/">Richard Blanco</a> delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.&nbsp; At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor.&nbsp; Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:06:42 +0000 Angela Elam & Stephanie Hughes & Jamie Walsh 30717 at http://kcur.org Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Looking To The Future At UMKC http://kcur.org/post/looking-future-umkc <p>Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the <strong>University of Missouri-Kansas City</strong> is no exception.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:48:13 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 29187 at http://kcur.org Looking To The Future At UMKC Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It' http://kcur.org/post/juilliards-president-downtown-arts-campus-go-it <p>The headline of a recent <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/13/3965019/the-stars-editorial-a-decade-later.html">editorial </a>in The Kansas City Star about downtown Kansas City, Missouri declared: "A decade later, downtown has stronger heartbeat."</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:41:41 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 29036 at http://kcur.org Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It' Buying Local? http://kcur.org/post/buying-local <p>If you don't think regional commerce has become en vogue, just type "buy local day" into your Google machine and see how many results come up.</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeffrey Harvey 28922 at http://kcur.org Buying Local? Early Teen Years Inspired Innocence Project Chief http://kcur.org/post/early-teen-years-inspired-innocence-project-chief <p>There is a new chief executive at the Kansas City-based Midwest Innocence Project. The not-for-profit corporation works to free men and women behind bars for crimes they did not commit. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:05:34 +0000 Dan Verbeck 28258 at http://kcur.org Early Teen Years Inspired Innocence Project Chief Food Is UMKC Focus On America Recycles Day http://kcur.org/post/food-umkc-focus-america-recycles-day <p>The Region Seven Administrator of the&nbsp; Environmental &nbsp;Protection Agency holds up University of Missouri-Kansas City’s food recovery and&nbsp; dining&nbsp; recycling programs as examples to emulate. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:58:52 +0000 Dan Verbeck 27653 at http://kcur.org Food Is UMKC Focus On America Recycles Day 'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday http://kcur.org/post/working-words-literary-event-comes-first-friday <p></p><p>The worlds of <strong>creative writing</strong> and <strong>visual art</strong> are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:27:40 +0000 Laurie Arbore & Jabulani Leffall 26876 at http://kcur.org 'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday Hospital Mergers, Alliances Hit Kansas City Region http://kcur.org/post/hospital-mergers-alliances-hit-kansas-city-region <p>In recent months, local officials have been <a href="http://kcur.org/post/board-sues-over-possible-sale-north-kansas-city-hospital">exploring the sale</a> of North Kansas City Hospital, HCA Midwest <a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/hca-midwest-looks-buy-st-joseph-and-st-marys-hospitals">announced plans to acquire</a> St. Joseph and St. Mary’s hospitals.</p><p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 06:51:47 +0000 Elana Gordon 26764 at http://kcur.org Hospital Mergers, Alliances Hit Kansas City Region